Blue Whale (Michael Gray)

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  • (Posted 2012-10-12)   CPDL #27310:   
Editor: Michael Gray (submitted 2012-10-11).   Score information: Letter (landscape), 14 pages, 266 kB   Copyright: CC BY NC ND
Edition notes: This edition has indications that allow for a performance with an SATB choir and Mezzo solo with occasional divisions of the Soprano section.

General Information

Title: Blue Whale
Composer: Michael Gray

Number of voices: 5vv   Voicing: SMzATB
Genre: SecularCarol

Language: English
Instruments: A cappella

First published.

Description: Originally written for one voice per part with the Mezzo taking the lead.

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Original text and translations

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Blue Whale!

Oh I've been contemplating
The hype of the holidays
And all those marketers baiting their hooks for the Christmas craze
Now ads intend to strangle you
And tell you what to buy
Well I've got a little angle too on a gift that will satisfy:

Go get a blue whale and name it after me
I want a silver tag mounted dorsally,
No big red bow or mistletoe,
Or lights in a plastic tree
Just put my name on a big blue whale
In the middle of the sea!

You could have my D.N.A. frozen
Or send my blood into space
You could plant my genes in the ozone but it won't put a smile on my face
I want something more exotic
Than the latest techno toy
A gift slightly macrobiotic that the whole fam'ly can enjoy:

Go get a blue whale and name it after me
I want a silver tag mounted dorsally,
No jingle bells or turkey smells,
Or reindeer learning how to ski
Just put my name on a big blue whale
In the middle of the sea!

Now I'm as much of a consumer as the primate in the mall
But I think I believe the rumour that commercials are running it all
Let them say that I'm backwards or silly but I won't be an indentur'd elf
I want a gift that can free more than Willie, at the same time promote myself.

Go get a blue whale and name it after me
I want a silver tag mounted dorsally,
No Christmas cheer or lov'd ones dear
Or nothing that isn't for me
Just slap a plaque on the back of a big blue whale
and name it after me.